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The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

作者 : Dave Eggers

出版社 : ALFRED A. KNOPF

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《揭密風暴》《梭哈人生》作者戴夫.艾格斯(Dave Eggers)再一次以動人的筆觸,訴說一則當代的咖啡傳奇。一個對咖啡癡迷的美籍葉門青年,如何在21世紀的當下,挽救葉門咖啡農的人生,復興摩卡咖啡的美名,並且創下美國特種咖啡協會(SCAA)最高盲測分數97分紀錄的真實故事。

數百年前,一個葉門的蘇菲僧侶,發現咖啡提振精神的力量,進而使得摩卡港在16世紀成為世界第一個咖啡豆貿易港。然而,這個光輝的過去,已經鮮有人知曉。

莫克塔成長於舊金山,父母來自葉門,祖先是種植咖啡的農人。莫克塔對咖啡存在一種莫名的熱情,他汲取各種不同的咖啡知識,成為第一個有阿拉伯血統的咖啡品質鑑定師(Q grader)。之後,他返回故鄉,踏上研究葉門咖啡的艱困旅程。在探查之旅中,他發現過去咖啡農改種其他作物的原因,研究葉門的微氣候,採用無息的微型貸款翻轉葉門咖啡園的地景,最後終於收成了理想的咖啡豆。不料,2015年爆發的葉門內戰,美國關閉了大使館,將莫克塔困在當地,數年的努力眼看就要付諸流水。他排除萬難,雇了一艘沒有無線電更沒有導航裝置的小漁船,花了7個小時橫渡紅海,終於逃離了飽受戰爭蹂躪的葉門,將他心目中珍貴無比的咖啡豆呈現在世人面前。莫克塔驚險且動人的咖啡之旅,終於開花結果。來自契作的葉門咖啡,連咖啡迷朝聖的「藍瓶咖啡」創辦人都讚不絕口。

這是一則弱勢青年幫助弱勢團體站起來的新創事業故事,也是美國夢在葉門實現的真實案例,更是咖啡迷必將傳誦的咖啡傳奇。

Mokhtar grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings in a tiny apartment, raised by Yemeni immigrant parents. As a young man he learned of the true origins of coffee making - an ancient art born in Yemen, the secret stolen by European colonisers - and became determined to resurrect the ancient art of Yemeni coffee.

Mokhtar dedicated himself to coffee, quickly becoming one of the world's leading experts, the first Arab in the world to qualify as a 'Q Grader'. But while visiting Yemen on a research trip, he was caught in the maelstrom of sudden civil war. The US Embassy closed its doors, and so Mokhtar embarked on a nail-biting adventure - to escape the country with his precious coffee samples intact.

The Monk of Mokha is heart-pounding adventure story, a tale of underdog entrepreneurship and true passion, and a fascinating modern take on the great American dream.
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作者介紹
Dave Eggers
戴夫.艾格斯是舊金山獨立出版社McSweeney的創辦人,出版書籍與期刊,其中《目擊者之聲》(Voice of Witness)屬非營利書系,利用口述歷史闡明在世界各地所發生的人權危機。2002年共同創辦了826 Valencia,這是一個位於舊金山非營利的青年寫作指導中心。艾格斯得曾獲得多項重要獎項的提名,包括美國國家圖書獎、普立茲獎以及美國國家書評協會獎。

Dave Eggers is the author of eleven books, including The Circle; Heroes
of the Frontier; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His non-fiction and journalism have appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Best American Travel Writing and the Best American Essays.
Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, which publishes original fiction and non-fiction, and distributes the Voice of Witness series of books, which use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centres with locations around the country, and of ScholarMatch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family.
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